Most Affordable Colleges in Hawaii 2022

Most Affordable Colleges in Hawaii 2022

Here are the most affordable colleges and universities in Hawaii. Our list will help you find the right kind of school for you, at a price you can afford.

Colleges and Universities in Hawaiʻi

The majority of the universities and colleges in The Aloha State are public institutions, including Hawaiʻi’s largest school, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The nearly 15,000 students who attend this school pay tuition fees around $12,000. However, Hawaiʻi does have a few private schools, two of which have religious affiliations. While tuition at these private schools varies, from $6,000 at Brigham Young University Hawaiʻi to $26,000 at Hawaiʻi Pacific University, each serves between 2,000–3,000 students.

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Students who attend higher education institutes in Hawaiʻi have the option to major in fields like biology, education, history, criminal justice, physics, and many others. However, students who graduate with degrees in the health care field have an extra advantage. Hawaiʻi offers a student loan forgiveness program for health care workers who work at designated, high-need locations within the state for at least two years. So, even though Hawaiʻi comes in just above the national average for tuition costs, if you are considering a career in health care, this may be the place for you.

Some dream of vacationing in paradise — but why not take it a step further and live there? Students attending school in Hawaiʻi won’t have to say aloha, or goodbye, to the beautiful white sand beaches, perfect waves, and tropical drinks. Students can enroll in one of Hawaiʻi’s 15 higher education institutes and live their best life in these picturesque island communities.

For more information on obtaining your degree in Hawaiʻi, explore some of the top programs and schools this state has to offer.


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Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great! If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence in their fields of study.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is freer from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

To rank the influence of schools, we first determine the influence of scholars and professionals based on the number of citations and publications they have had over the past 10 years. In addition to publications and citations, we consider the web links to and from these sources, and the page views of those sources. We then match the influential people to their alma maters and institutions of employment, so that their influence is attributed to those schools. Our machine-learning Influence Ranking algorithm produces a numerical score of academic achievements, merits, and citations across Wikipedia, wikidata, Crossref, Semantic Scholar and an ever-growing body of data. If you are interested in exploring how and why we rank by influence, explore our methodology in more depth.

There are 5 colleges and universities in Hawaii with stated tuitions and fees under $20,000/year. The following list of the most affordable colleges and universities in Hawaii is composed entirely of schools offering bachelor’s degree programs, have stated tuition and fees near or under the national average of $16,000/year, and are fully accredited colleges.

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Most Affordable Colleges in Hawaii 2022

These schools are ranked by academic excellence, and all under $20,000/year.

  1. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    84%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1170/23

    What is University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa known for?

    University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Earth Sciences
    • Anthropology
    • Biology
    • Physics
    • Communications
    • Chemistry
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Law
    • Economics

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    74%

    Graduation

    38%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1080/20

    What is University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo known for?

    University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Earth Sciences
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Literature
    • Psychology
    • Anthropology
    • Sociology
    • Economics
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    67%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1170/24

    What is Brigham Young University–Hawaii known for?

    Brigham Young University–Hawaii’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Anthropology
    • Social Work
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Computer Science
    • History
    • Physics
    • Business
    • Biology
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    25%

    Student body

    2K

    What is University of Hawaiʻi Maui College known for?

    University of Hawaiʻi Maui College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    39%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1020/18

    What is University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu known for?

    University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Sociology
    • Political Science
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

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Hawaii’s Most Affordable Colleges in Your Area of Interest

2021 Ranking Archive
  1. University of Hawaiʻi Maui College
  2. Brigham Young University–Hawaii
  3. University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu
  4. University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
  5. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

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